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Industry and governments today have the solutions to reduce the projected 2040 land-based plastic leakage into the ocean by 80%.
The problem lies in the excess plastic generated, and the inability to process the waste. The printing industry is in a unique position to help by alternating new cartridges with remanufactured cartridges in a ratio that maximizes the use of each cartridge casing.
The targets set for 2040 could be achieved through measures such as the following:
- – Reducing the growth of plastic production and consumption through disposal, reuse and new supply models.
- – Replacing plastic with paper and biodegradable materials, exchanging one-sixth of the expected plastic waste generation.
- – Design products and packaging for recycling to expand the proportion of economically recyclable plastic from 21% to 54%.
- – Expand waste collection rates in developing countries lower/ middle income communities to 90% in all urban areas, and 50% in rural areas and supporting the informal collection sector.
- – Double mechanical recycling capacity worldwide to 86 million metric tons per year.
- – Develop plastic-to-plastic conversion, with a global capacity of up to 13 million metric tons per year.
- – Build facilities to dispose of 23% of plastics that cannot be economically recycled, as a transitional measure.
- – Reduce plastic waste exports by 90% to countries with low collection rates and high leakage rates.
Encourage the circular economy. By simply building reusable packaging, the generation of new plastic is reduced, and existing recycling plants are optimized.
Source: UN News, Nubeprint